EDC 2012: A First-Timer Gets Deflowered
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|Armin Van Buuren puts EDC in a state of trance|
I completed my night by taking pictures of Armin Van Buuren, Porter Robinson, Dada Life, David Guetta, Avicii, Flux Pavillion and Cazzette. Even though you might be able to see these DJs perform together at Ultra Music Festival in Miami, the production value is not even close. There is nothing like seeing Van Buuren performing "Not Giving Up On Love" as seven girls dressed as gigantic red flowers dance around him with blue fireworks going off. It was also inspiring to see 19-year-old Porter Robinson represent a new class of DJs, spinning tracks like "Language" while LED flames consumed the top of main stage. And as much as I usually want to puke every time I hear "Levels," the sound of 50,000 people screaming with passion, "Oh, oh sometimes, I get a good feeling, yeah!" during Avicii's surprise set is something that I will never forget.
To cap my EDC weekend, I sat on the lawn with some friends as the sun rose to watch Dany Tenagila playing on the Cosmic Meadow stage hosted by Carl Cox. I'm not a big fan of tech house, but Tenagila inspired me to picked up my feet and used the last gasp of energy left in my tank to dance my ass off as the sun came up.
As the masses climbed the bleachers along the race track to head home, deflowered EDC goers like myself no doubt have a memory of those three continuous nights permanently seared into their brain as they prepared to go back to school or work, or some variation of boring, everyday life. Of course you'll always have the mental pictures of the people you met, conversions you had and the kind, random kindness of strangers. And chances are there's a photo of you getting high as fuck still lingering inside somebody's cellphone.